By Matthew Barrett
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The Prime Minister of Russia, Vladimir Putin, launched his election campaign yesterday, after a general election was called for December. This was no ordinary election campaign launch, however. Putin, famous for his macho public image, decided to launch his election campaign riding into a bikers' rally on a Harley-Davidson:
Putin gave a speech, paying tribute to the contribution of Soviet motorcyclists in the Second World War, in front of a crowd of war veterans and bikers.